Below are the answers to a few frequently asked questions. Don’t see what you need below? Please contact us.
What is a Physiatrist?
Physiatrists, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM &R) physicians are medical doctors who are:
- Experts at diagnosing and treating pain
- Restore maximum function lost through injury,
- illness or disabling conditions
- Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
- Lead a team of medical professionals
- Provide non-surgical treatments
- Explain your medical problems and treatment plan
- Work not only on treatment but also prevention
What do Physiatrists Treat?
Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).
Dr. Alpiner is Double Board Certified. What does this mean?
Dr. Alpiner is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pediatrics and is considered a subspecialist. Currently, there are only approximately 200 such specialists in the United States.
How long do new patient appointments take?
New patient examinations take approximately 25-30 minutes.
Do you provide physical therapy?
Our office does not provide physical therapy. Our office refers patients for physical therapy and writes prescriptions and orders for physical therapists to follow.
What if I am already in Physical Therapy, can I still make an appointment with Dr. Alpiner?
Yes. Dr. Alpiner helps with your therapist, writing detailed plans for therapy. Modifications may be made to your existing therapy, extensions to existing therapy may be warranted, or different treatment options may be available.
I was referred to Dr. Alpiner from the hospital or from my physician for follow up, but am not sure why.
Dr. Alpiner sees patients with a wide range of diagnostic and treatment needs. Many times patients are instructed to follow up with Dr. Alpiner as a physician specialist because while the patient is treated in the hospital, no plan of treatment post has been formulated. Dr. Alpiner works with each patient, based on their individual needs and formulates a treatment plan. Dr. Alpiner is often referred to as the “Quarterback of Care,” providing guidance and direction to patients on a wide range of medical issues.